Sending Love is So Sweet

Let’s take a stroll down Memory Lane today. Remember Valentine’s Day back when you were in Elementary School? We’d decorate Valentine boxes on our own at home and then on that special day we’d bring our decorated box to School so our classmates could deliver their Valentine to each of us. What were your School traditions around Valentine’s Day?

Back in those days, I remember it was always the night before our classroom Valentine’s Party that I’d be making out my Valentine’s, carefully signing my name, inserting candy, then sealing and addressing the envelope. Today, it is still just as much fun to create and send those you care about a special Valentine card. It’s also fun to share a Valentine’s candy gift with others.

I’m sure it’s no surprise, I have another Valentine card idea to share. I created this card using products from the Sending Love Suite of products from the 2017 Occasions Catalog along with the Large Letters Framelits which are fast becoming one of my favorite die sets from our 2016-2017 Annual Catalog. I have a lengthy list of card inspiration to create using the Large Letters Framelits and hope to share more with you as this year progresses. Take a look at today’s Valentine card.  This card was simple to create and assemble.

Stampin Up, CAS, Valentine Card, Sealed With Love Bundle, Layering Circles Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, Large Letters Framelits, designed by Demo Lynn Tague, See more cards and gifts ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

Supplies used to create the front of this card include: Real Red cardstock (cut 5.5″ x 8.5″; folded in half), Whisper White cardstock (cut 5.5″ x 3.25″ and for stitched circle), Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack patterned paper (for letters and scalloped circle), Sealed with Love Bundle, Layering Circle Framelits, and the Stitched Shapes Framelits which are available again for purchase. By the way, I finished off the inside of the card with Whisper White cardstock (cut 4″ x 5.25″) and a cluster of the four hearts adhered in the lower left-hand corner. Looking for some Valentine treat giving ideas, check out these blog posts, Be My Valentine, and From the Heart.

Remember, the 2017 Occasions Catalog and Stampin’ Up!’s annual Sale-A-Bration event are in full swing! If you plan to place your next order through me and need copies of these catalogs, please request them here. Find out what it means to be a Beyond Beaches & Blessings Preferred Customer here, and check out my Starfish Rewards program for my frequent shoppers to see how you can earn a FREE stamp set. For orders under $150 placed through my online shopping site, be sure to use my exclusive Host Code each month to receive a FREE perk as my “thank you” to you for your order.

Leave me some feedback below by sharing your Valentine’s traditions in Elementary School and let me know what you think of today’s card. I look forward to reading your comments. If you have not yet subscribed to my blog, click on the Follow Me Now button to the right and provide your email address.

Blessings,

Lynn

Supplies used in today’s card:

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Be My Valentine

I love Valentine’s Day. It’s such a wonderful day to let everyone know you how much you love and care for them. And, as you know, I LOVE to make little gifts to give away to others. So, this post is all about these cute little Tic Tac covers for Valentine’s gifts. But first, I have to share with you the cute Valentine Tic Tac’s I saw while grocery shopping yesterday. Couldn’t help but pick up a few of these to give away.  Take a look.

Stampin Up, Tac Tac Gifts, Designed by Demo Lynn Tague. For more cards and gifts visit BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com, #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

This past Saturday, I received my January Paper Pumpkin kit. The January kit is called “Adorning Arrows” and guess what? You’ll see one of the cute Paper Pumpkin Valentine’s treat bags in the picture below and a package of Tic Tacs fit perfectly in the January Paper Pumpkin treat bags, too.

Here are the cute little Valentine wrappers I created for Tic Tacs. Can you tell what element in the same in all three of the ideas?

Stampin Up, Valentine Treat Bag, January 2017 Paper Pumpkin, Sending Love Designer Series Paper (DSP) Stack, Sealed with Love Bundle, Sending Love Suite, Sending Love Ribbon Combo Pack, Designed by Demo Lynn Tague. More cards and gift ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com, #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

Have you figured out what is the same with each of the three treat bags or wrappers? I love the stamp set included in the January Paper Pumpkin kit. I used the “Happy Valentine’s Day” sentiment from this set for each of these. Now, what’s different about the two on the outside? Take another look. Look closely. Did you spot the difference in ribbon color and the patterned paper? Leave me a comment and let me know. January’s Paper Pumpkin project, the treat bags, is featured in the center of the three gift items in the photo.

For the Tic Tac wrappers I cut a piece from Real Red cardstock measuring 5-5/16″ x 2-13/16″ (sorry about the 1/16th of an inch). Score along the 5-5/16″ side at 11/16″, 2-1/2″, 3-3/16″, and 5″. Place Tear and Tape on the 5/16″ strip and adhere to form rectangle. Tie ribbon around Tic Tac container, so when you lift up on bow, it lifts the Tic Tac container from the wrapper. Insert container with bow into wrapper and decorate wrapper.

During Sale-A-Bration (now through March 31), you can get a FREE Sale-A-Bration item with a 3-month pre-paid Paper Pumpkin subscription which costs $55 during Sale-A-Bration. Check out Paper Pumpkin here.

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Thank you for stopping by today.

Blessings,

Lynn

Supplies used in today’s projects:

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From the Heart

Stampin Up, Pals Blog Hop, Demo Lynn Tague at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

Welcome to the Pals Blog Hop for January 2017. We are thankful you stopped by to take a look at our 2017 Blog Hop monthly themes. This month our projects showcase themes that are “from the heart.” This includes any of the following themes… Valentine’s Day, Thinking of You, Get Well and/or Sympathy. We hope to provide you with lots of ideas and that you enjoy our creations.

You may just be starting the Blog Hop or may have come from the previous link from the Line-up on the Pals Blog Hop listing shown below. The full line-up will help you move along from blog to blog so you may see all the projects.

This month I am featuring the new Sealed with Love Photopolymer Bundle from the new 2017 Occasions catalog creating a Valentine’s Day card and matching treat bag. I designed two versions of the Valentine’s Day card; one using the Layering Circles Framelits along with a Stitched Circle, and one using the Layering Squares Framelits along with a Stitched Square. You can easily use the Layering Framelits for both the Real Red and the Whisper White pieces on the card, if you don’t have the Stitched Shapes Framelits set. Each of the cards also feature five of the printed papers from the Sending Love Designer Series Paper Stack (LOVE this paper stack for Valentine’s Day cards and treats). The supplies used in these projects are listed at the bottom of my post.

My favorite Valentine’s Day candy – Cinnamon Hearts. So, I filled a 2″ x 8″ Cellophane Bag with Gimbal’s Cinnamon Lovers chewy hearts. This is a great time to be thinking about Valentine cards and small gifts to give to family, friends, co-workers, neighbors, and teachers for Valentine’s Day, and getting them made and ready for giving. Take a look!

Stampin Up, Valentine Card, Cinnamon Hearts Treat Bag, Sealed With Love Bundle, Layering Circles Framelits, Layering Squares Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, designed by Demo Lynn Tague, See more cards and gifts ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

Stampin Up, Valentine Card, Cinnamon Hearts Treat Bag, Sealed With Love Bundle, Layering Circles Framelits, Layering Squares Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits, designed by Demo Lynn Tague, See more cards and gifts ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

What is your favorite Valentine candy? And, which version of this card design do you like best? Let me know by leaving me a comment below. If you don’t already follow my blog, I encourage you to do so by clicking on the Follow Me Now button to subscribe. You’ll then be sent an e-mail to confirm your subscription to my blog, once confirmed you’ll be notified by e-mail each time I publish a new post.

Thanks for visiting. To continue with the hop, please refer to the Blog Hop Line-up below. We hope to see you on next month’s Pals Blog Hop! 

Blog Hop Line-up: 

  1. Susan Itell at Simple Stampin’
  2. Peggy Noe at Pretty Paper Cards
  3. Beth McCullough at Stamping Mom
  4. Amy Hoptay at Craft Carnivore
  5. Wendy Klein at Doggone Delightful Stampin’
  6. Staci Rivera at Clever Bow Tie Designs
  7. Nancy Gleason at My Stampin Space
  8. Debbie Crowley at expressively deb…
  9. Pamela Sadler at Stampin Pink Rose
  10. Denise Hoepfner at The Mountain Magpie
  11. Tricia Chuba at ButterDish Designs
  12. Jennifer Michalski at Stamping Serenity
  13. Patti MacLeith at Papercrafts by Patti
  14. Lynn Tague at Beyond Beaches & Blessings
  15. Karen Hallam at Karen’s Stampin’ Habit!
  16. Sara Hicks Stuart at Sentiments by Sara
  17. Lisa Ann Bernard at Queen B Creations
  18. Katy McGloin at Just Fun Stamping

Blessings,

Lynn

Supplies used in my From the Heart projects include the following:

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Dragonfly Dreams & More

Welcome! Sale-A-Bration is the best time of the year with the new 2017 Occasions catalog and the special FREE Sale-A-Bration gift with every $50 purchase products!

I just love the new Dragonfly Dreams Bundle consisting of the Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and the Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies (on page 26 of the new 2017 Occasions catalog). And, as promised, today’s project features supplies used from both notepad projects from my It’s a New Year with New Products post. If you missed the first two notepad projects, visit my post to get all the details.

This project is made using the Bermuda Bay Designer Series Paper, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies, Large Letters Framelits, Layering Ovals Framelits, Stitched Shapes Framelits Dies (available again with the release of the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog), along with Basic Black, Whisper White, Bermuda Bay Cardstock and Dazzling Diamond Glimmer Paper. The notepad (purchased at Target) measures 4″ x 6″ and the gift box for the pen measures 6″ x 5/8″ x 5/8″ and is tied with 1/8″ Silver Ribbon. I die cut the dragonflies from the Dazzling Diamond Glimmer Paper. The shimmer makes the notepad cover pop!

StampinUp, CAS, Note Pad with Pen, made with Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies, Bermuda Bay Designer Series Paper DSP, Stitched Framelits, Layering Oval Framelits, Large Letters Framelits, designed by demo Lynn Tague. See more cards and gift ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

The cardstock for the gift box is cut 3″ x 7-7/8″ and scored along the 3″ side at 5/8″, 1-1/4″ 1-7/8″, and 2-1/2″ (last 1/2″ is the piece that gets adhered to inside of box). The 7-7/8″ side get scored at 5/8″, 6-5/8″ and 7-1/4″. Put strong adhesive (like Fast Fuse or Tear & Tape) across the bottom 6″ long 1/2″ wide snipped strip on top side in image below. Then put strong tape/adhesive on the four tabs on the Left in the template image below; adhesive goes on top of the snipped/trimmed pieces and on the underside of the one left square. No adhesive on the tabs on right side of image as these tabs just fold/tuck in to complete the opening end of the box. Here is a picture of the cutting template to assist you with snipping, adhesive, and folding.

StampinUp, 3D, Template for Gift Box for PenGem Pen, designed by demo Lynn Tague. See more cards and gift ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

Don’t you just love the look of the personalized monogram? Think of all the possibilities in stationery type gifts you can make using the oval, square, and circle layer dies and other dies from the new Occasions catalog or Annual catalog, along with the Large Letters Framelits. Do you have some fun ideas you’re thinking of using to CASE this project? Leave me some feedback in the comment section below and share your ideas with me.

And, the SUPER COOL pens I’ve been collecting and giving as gifts, here’s the scoop! I have been purchasing my pens from PenGems. You can use this referral link to get 10% off your first purchase. Check them out! My gift box fits the clear pen boxes PenGems packages their pens in perfectly! Enjoy!

Finally, if you are planning to spend more than $100 on your Stampin’ Up! order with the launch of our new Occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration mini catalog, you should consider purchasing all that product via the Stampin’ Up! Starter Kit (a.k.a. The Ultimate Bundle) as you will get up to $125 worth of merchandise (PLUS 2 additional free stamp sets of your choice which could add up to $104 more in product value) for only $99 + tax. The shipping is FREE and the business supplies (optional to use) are FREE, too! Plus you’d get to become a part of my fabulous community of stamping Beachcombers. Contact me with any questions you may have and I’ll fill you in on all the details of this special offer!

Thanks for stopping by today.

Blessings,

Lynn

Supplies used in these projects include:

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It’s a New Year with New Products

2017 is here and it’s time to celebrate the excitement surrounding the release of the new products in Stampin’ Up!’s new 2017 Occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration mini which are NOW available. Who loves FREE? I do, for sure! And, Sale-A-Bration offers many new FREE products you and I can earn with every $50 in product we purchase (before shipping/handling and tax), with a few more to choose from towards the end of February.

In fact, an order of $150 earns Stampin’ Rewards and qualifies for 3 FREE items from the Sale-A-Bration mini catalog. During Sale-A-Bration, an order of $250 or more qualifies for an extra $25 in Stampin’ Rewards plus 5 FREE Sale-A-Bration products. Take a look through the catalog PDFs by clicking on each of the catalog covers below and begin making your Wish List or shop now. And, don’t forget about my Starfish Rewards frequent shopper program. For details, click here.

StampinUp, 2017 Occasions Catalog, demo Lynn Tague. See more cards and gift ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings     StampinUp, 2017 Sale-A-Bration Catalog, SAB Catalog, demo Lynn Tague. See more cards and gift ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

If your Wish List is lengthy, like mine, you may want to consider purchasing the Ultimate Bundle (for just $99) and joining my stamping Beachcombers team! I’d been a hobby stamper for almost 20 years, when my Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator talked to me about joining her team as a hobbyist and purchasing the Ultimate Bundle for just $99. With my love for SU! products, I couldn’t refuse this offer. Ordering $125 in SU! products of my choosing, then selecting 2 additional stamp sets for FREE! And a discount on my future purchases, too, to support my hobby! I was all in! And, YOU, can be too! Just email me and I’ll be happy to fill you in on all the details and answer any questions you may have.

Now, on to the crafty good stuff! There are so many fun and versatile new products in the Occasions catalog and Sale-A-Bration mini catalog. I want to point out a couple of my favorites to get this party started. Then, over the coming weeks, I’ll focus on some other favorite products and show you samples from those products.

I ran across some 4″ x 6″ notepads at Target and thought these would be fun to decorate and give as gifts along with a special new pen.  I also created a matching gift box for the new pen and tied it closed with a piece of 1/8″ Silver Ribbon from the current Annual catalog. For the first notepad and pen set, I used the first of my favorites, the new Dragonfly Dreams stamp set and coordinating Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies including the beautiful sentiment. These are sold in a bundle (Dragonfly Dreams Bundle) for added savings (page 26 of Occasions catalog). Take a look!

StampinUp, CAS, Note Pad with Pen, made with Dragonfly Dreams stamp set, Detailed Dragonfly Thinlits Dies, Dazzling Diamonds Glimmer Paper, designed by demo Lynn Tague. See more cards and gift ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

Here is another version, using supplies from the Annual catalog along with the new Stitched Shapes Framelits that will be available in the new 2017-2018 Annual Catalog. These framelits were available for a limited time in 2016 and were wildly popular; I LOVE my set of stitched dies! This layout makes a nice personalized monogrammed style notepad.

StampinUp, CAS, Note Pad with Pen, made with Bermuda Bay Designer Series Paper DSP, Stitched Framelits, Layering Oval Framelits, Large Letters Framelits, designed by demo Lynn Tague. See more cards and gift ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

Below is another picture of each notepad. Are you curious about the new pens I’m gifting? Which notepad design do you like best? Leave me your feedback below. I’d also love for you to subscribe to my blog by clicking on the Follow Me Now button to the right so you don’t miss my post on the pens I purchased and another notepad sample using supplies from each of these two cards. I’ll also include the measurements for the pen box at that time which measures 6″ x 5/8″ x 5/8″. Here is a link to that post, Dragonfly Dreams & More.

From the new Sale-A-Bration mini, my first favorite is the Tasty Truck stamp set.  Check this product out on page 12-13. Combine this stamp set with the new Watercolor Pencils, and let your creativity begin. The Watercolor Pencils can be found on page 24 of the Occasions catalog.

Stampin Up, Sale-A-Bration, SAB, Tasty Truck stamp set samples, Demo Lynn Tague, See cards and gifts ideas at BeyondBeachesandBelssings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessingsStampin Up, Sale-A-Bration, SAB, Tasty Truck stamp set samples, Demo Lynn Tague, See cards and gifts ideas at BeyondBeachesandBelssings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

What are your new favorites from the Occasions and Sale-A-Brations catalogs? Leave me your favorites in the comments below. I love reading your feedback and hearing about your favorite SU! products.

Thank you for stopping by today! I’ll look forward to hearing from you.

Blessings,

Lynn

Supplies used in my Dragonfly Dreams projects include:

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Reflections on Gift Giving

I know the new year has arrived, but everyone can always use gift giving ideas. This past Christmas, we gave gift cards for gifts. Most think this is pretty boring. I find it fun to find new and creative ways to camouflage gift cards. I have attached to boxes of Movie candy, to DVDs, to boxes of chocolates, wrapped in boxes, placed in greeting cards (the more traditional way of giving a gift card), even placed in stockings…well, you get the picture.

This year I gave out several gift cards presented in the combination snack/gift card boxes I created using SU! Candy Cane Lane Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the 2016 Holiday Catalog. See my Anything But A Card post from November, if you haven’t seen this gift giving idea.

For our family members, I created a matchbook style card with a gift card holder inside (from a beautiful card idea I CASE’d from SU! Demonstrator, Patty Bennett). I then wrapped some Hershey’s Nuggets (the toffee and almond ones) in coordinating DSP paper, then wrapped both items together in a 6″ x 6″ x 1.5″ box using some beautiful glimmering silver wrapping paper I found at our new Container Store. You’ll also notice I created a coordinating tag to include on the outside of each present. Everything about this past year’s gifts coordinated together.

StampinUp, CAS, Gift Card, Treat Holder, made with Candy Cane Lane DSP, Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set, Stitched Shape Framelits, Hershey's Nuggets, designed by demo Lynn Tague. See more cards and gift ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

StampinUp, Gift Box, made with Candy Cane Lane DSP, Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set, Stitched Shape Framelits, designed by demo Lynn Tague. See more cards and gift ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

Can you believe I cut out and assembled 40 sets of all the materials to make these cards and nugget holders? A co-worker and I led a team-building activity at work and those that could join us (18, I believe) each made a card and the treat holder. Turned out to be a really fun activity and we made the materials available for a few days afterward for those who could not make it, to assemble their goodies. What creative ways have you used to camouflage your gift cards? Share your thoughts by adding a comment below.

Now, I have to share with you yesterday (January 1) was a special day in our house as our Panda celebrated her 2nd Birthday. We originally planned to celebrate by taking her to the Three Dog Bakery near our home for a special treat. However, the bakery was not open yesterday. Not to worry, we made our special trip today and she enjoyed a delicious Mutter Butter Cookie. Here is a picture of Panda on Christmas Day, playing with a new Santa toy she received from her Uncle Scott and Aunt Marcy. She loves this new toy!

Panda, Yorkie-Poo, Santa Toy, Stampin Up demo Lynn Tague, see card and gift ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

2017 is here and with a new year, brings the new Occasions catalog and a new Sale-A-Bration catalog. Both catalogs go live on Wednesday, January 4, and I am so excited to share items from the new mini catalogs with you. Subscribe to my blog so you don’t miss my posts. Just enter your email address in the box to the right and click on Follow Me Now.

Here is a sneak peek of the covers of each of these new catalogs! Check back on Wednesday to take a look at the full catalog PDFs. What I love about Sale-A-Bration is all the FREE items you can earn! For every $50 in product you order each time you place an order, you get to choose one FREE Sale-A-Bration item!  Sale-A-Bration begins January 4 and ends March 31…don’t miss out!!

StampinUp, 2017 Occasions Catalog, demo Lynn Tague. See more cards and gift ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings  StampinUp, 2017 Sale-A-Bration Catalog, SAB Catalog, demo Lynn Tague. See more cards and gift ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

Blessings,

Lynn

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Favorites from 2016

Where has 2016 gone? I’ve been battling some illnesses the past two months, so the last two months have passed by very quickly and final preparations for Christmas were a mad dash in the Tague household this year as a result. Nonetheless, I thought since my Beyond Beaches & Blessings blog started in June 2016, it would be appropriate to recap some of my favorite projects from 2016 on this eve of the new year.

Let’s start with cards. Below are my three favorite card fronts. Although, a couple others rank right up there with these three when I look at my year of projects in totality. My Swirly Bird Meets Halloween card tops the list (with over 1,600 pins on Pinterest), followed by my Star of Light card from the September 2016 Pals Blog Hop, My Favorite Season. My third selection is new to my blog posts and was created using my favorite Designer Series Paper (DSP) from the SU! Holiday catalog, Candy Cane Lane. Although, I do love my Double Dutch fun fold card, too. Which one of these three card fronts are your favorite? Leave me a comment below, I love reading your feedback.

I have a 12×12 Christmas Scrapbook I created many years ago that contains two to four pages from each Christmas and includes a copy of our annual Christmas letter and card. With Candy Cane Lane DSP being my most favorite paper collection, I just had to create the scrapbook pages for Christmas 2016 from this DSP collection. Of course, next on my “To Do” list is to finish this year’s Christmas pages. Take a look at the scrapbook page layout. Do you have a Christmas or Hanukkah Scrapbook you add to annually?  If not, I am happy to help you get one started.

StampinUp Christmas Scrapbook Page made with Candy Cane Lane DSP, Cookie Cutter Christmas stamp set, Stitched Shape Framelits, Large Number Framelits, designed by demo Lynn Tague. See more cards and gift ideas at BeyondBeachesandBlessings.com #BeyondBeachesandBlessings

Ask anyone who knows me, I LOVE making table favors and 3D paper-crafted gifts and gift boxes to hold candy or gift cards. In June, I made 120 table favors with a matching Birthday card for my sister’s 50th birthday celebration in Pittsburgh. However, I have chosen for my top two favorite 3D projects in 2016 my snack/gift card combo box from my November 2016 Pals Blog Hop, Anything But a Card blog post, and an explosion box that holds a gift card in the center. Who doesn’t love snack mix and who doesn’t have a need to give a number of gift cards as gifts throughout the Christmas or Hanukkah holiday seasons? I love each of these project equally. Check out my combo gift box with coordinating tiny card. Is it any surprise, I used Candy Cane Lane?

This second 3D item, is actually my favorite from a sentimental perspective. I created it to hold the gift card my team from work purchased for our Team Leader, Tom, for Christmas. This box is called an explosion box because when you remove the lid, the walls of the box fall open revealing a surprise. My apologies, as I grabbed this picture before I placed the gift card in the box. The gift card goes in the short holder just behind the gingerbread man. The sentimental part, I asked all of the members of our team to choose a marker (giving the inside some added color) and write a short personal greeting to Tom. Little did we know at the time we presented our gift to him, Tom will be leaving us on January 5 to move closer to family and begin a new career opportunity in New Jersey. Take a look at our now keepsake explosion box for Tom.  Notice how the top of the lid is decorated in the second photo.  I LOVE using markers to color a stamp so the image can be stamped in multiple colors!

Which 3D item is your favorite of the two? Did you check out the link to my table favors for my sister’s 50th Birthday? If you did, consider this one in sharing your favorite 3D item with me.

What a delight it has been for me to recap some of my favorite projects from 2016 and include a few new projects you haven’t seen yet. Please leave me some feedback and let me know which projects are your favorites from 2016. Happy New Year!

I am looking forward to all the new prospects 2017 will bring our way.  Are you?

Blessings,

Lynn

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